Razer has officially released the Razer Raiju – a professional-grade gaming controller made for the PlayStation 4. This controller is marketed as being the ultimate gamepad for esports athletes and aspiring pro gamers alike. Below, we provide a full review of the controller in which we discuss it’s features, advantages, disadvantages, and more.
Razer Raiju Review
The Razer Raiju is a special controller designed with esports in mind. It was created for the PS4, but is also compatible with PC. Razer officially announced it’s arrival in December of 2016. It is officially licensed through Sony Entertainment unlike other 3rd-party gamepads.
- Fantastic Design, Looks Great
- Features Slip-Resistant Grip
- (4) Programmable Buttons for Custom Controller Mapping
- Easy-to-Use Quick Control Panel
- Easy and Comfortable to Hold
- Wired Connection
- A Tad Pricey
Honestly, the only drawbacks to the controller are its price and the fact that it’s wired. It’s worth noting, however, that there’s a reason for the wired connection – it significantly reduces input lag which makes it far superior for true competitive play. If you’re a casual or non-professional player you may want to go wireless for convenience, but wired is the standard for professionals.
The price, while a touch on the high side, really isn’t any different than what you’d pay for a Scuf controller or even the Xbox One Elite controller. We just believe these prices could be a bit lower.
Controllers like these also make awesome gamer gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and other times you need a present for a special gamer in your life.
Below, we provide a more in-depth review of the design, features, and other aspects of the Razer Raiju gaming controller.
The Raiju features an ergonomic shape for optimal comfort and competitive performance. It sits nicely in the hands, is lightweight to combat fatigue, and all of the buttons are easily accessible for most gamers. It is painted in a matte black finish that looks pretty slick, too.
The handles of the controller are wrapped in a textured, rubber grip that makes the pad easier and more comfortable to hold. The grip serves as an anti-slip surface as well to prevent clammy palms from disrupting gameplay.
The controller also comes with rubberized grip caps for each of the analog sticks. These are an optional accessory, but they do provide a better grip surface for more precise control. The rubber caps are also great for nullifying slippage from sweaty or oily thumbs.
The controller is similar to the popular Scuf controller in some ways. It features four programmable buttons (two bumpers at the top and two triggers located on the backside) which can be used to customize control layouts to your own personal preferences.
The two triggers on the back are also removable if you prefer to play with a more standard controller setup.
Not interested in the controller? Be sure to check out our list of other essential PS4 accessories for other ideas of things to get for your console.
Quick Control Panel
The Razer Raiju is also equipped with an on-board control panel. This panel is located directly between the controller grips and features easy-access buttons for game and mic volume, mic muting, switching profiles, and more.
This panel is a nifty little feature. It gives the gamer that ability to change settings on the fly without having to open up menus or disrupt actual gameplay too much. The bottom of the panel is also where your mic connects to the controller. It supports the standard 3.5 mm headphones.
Not sure which cans to use? Be sure to check out our list of PS4 compatible headsets to get an idea of which headsets will work well with the Raiju or any other controller that supports 3.5 mm mics.
Diehard gamers know that simply talking about features isn’t enough to know the true story of a competition-style gaming controller. Down below we’ve provided the full technical specifications of the Razer Raiju that have been released by the manufacturer.
The specs list below also provides information on the included accessories and components that come with the controller when purchased.
- (2) Shoulder Hyperesponse Programmable Bumpers
- (2) Removable Hyperesponse Programmable Triggers
- (4) Hyperesponse Mechanical Action Buttons
- (4) Button Quick Control Panel
- Trigger Stop Switches (optional pieces for rapid-fire functionality)
- Hair Trigger Mode (optional controller mode for speedy responses)
- (1) 3.5 mm port (for both stereo output and mic input)
- Built-In Rubber Grips
- (2) Rubber Grip Caps (for analog sticks; removable)
- (1) Carrying Case
- (1) 10ft Braided Cable with Micro-USB Connector
- Controller Size: 6.62″ x 4.14″ x 2.56″ (LxWxH)
- Controller Weight: 0.77lb (including cable)
Where to Get It
So, where can you get your hands on this tournament-style PS4 gaming controller from Razer? Unfortunately, your options are fairly limited at this time. GAME has managed to secure an exclusivity deal for the gamepad.
As of right now, the only retailers that are selling the Raiju are GAME and the RAZERstore. We’ll provide updates on availability if and when the controller hits the shelves (or digital storefronts) of other retailers in the future.